James Hamilton, 4th Duke of Hamilton 22
- Born: 11 April 1658, Hamilton Palace, Larnarkshire
- Marriage (1): Lady Anne Spencer on 10 January 1688 in Whitehall, London
- Marriage (2): Elizabeth Gerard on 17 July 1698 in Bushy Park
- Died: 15 November 1712, Hyde Park, London aged 54
- Buried: 1712, Hamilton Parish Church
Called after his maternal grandfather, James, like his twelve brothers
and sisters, took his mother's surname, for the second duke of
Hamilton's entail stipulated that her husband and children were to
'take on, use and weir the name and armes of the house of Hamilton'
Arran ran up huge debts, fought in duels, and engaged in numerous
affairs, fathering at least three illegitimate children, James
Abercrombie and Katherine and Mary Ruthven. Also had Charles Hamilton
(1691 - 1754) by Lady Barbara Fitzroy. Died in a duel against Lord
Mohun in Hyde Park.
Noted events in his life were:
1. He was baptised on 11 April 1658.
James married Lady Anne Spencer on 10 January 1688 in Whitehall, London. (Lady Anne Spencer was born in 1669 and died in 1690 in Kinneil Castle, Linlithgowshire.)
James next married Elizabeth Gerard, daughter of Digby Gerard and Elizabeth Gerard, on 17 July 1698 in Bushy Park. (Elizabeth Gerard was born in 1682 and died in 1744.)